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KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon, keeping San Diegans in the know on everything from politics to the arts.


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KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon, keeping San Diegans in the know on everything from politics to the arts.




Tijuana call centers are a refuge for some deportees

The U.S. deports roughly 300,000 people each year. Those with relatives in the United States rarely stray too far from the border. We hear from several deportees in Tijuana about life after deportation. Then, for our weekend preview we have storms, maps, tango and more.


Sheriff's video of deputies igniting a lighter when tasing Black father finally released

The San Diego County Sheriff’s department last week released body camera footage from an incident that took place in 2019 in Imperial Beach. The video shows a deputy tasing a Black father who had come to a Sheriff’s DUI checkpoint to pick up his son who’d been detained along with a group of teens. Then, most people never get a chance to legally re-enter the United States after being deported. Those who do often find themselves stuck in a precarious limbo. And, you've probably heard at least...


Six states agree on a proposal for Colorado River cutbacks, California has a counter

Tuesday was a major deadline for the seven western states that rely on the Colorado River for water. The Federal Bureau of Reclamation is looking for ways to preserve the dwindling water supplies in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, two of the nation’s largest reservoirs. Then, when you look at San Diego’s housing market you can find a lot of luxury housing and a growing share of low-income units. But for people in the middle, it’s getting harder to buy or rent. Plus, one year since Senate Bill 9...


California reparations task force takes deeper look into eligibility

California’s Task Force to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans held a meeting in San Diego over the weekend. The group heard public testimony and discussed questions around who should be eligible for reparations. Then, the federal government has made a $10 million investment to address overgrown forests across Southern California, but exactly how to best prepare for wildfires is still a matter of debate. Next, a look into some of the bumps in the rollout of...


How to cope with vicarious trauma caused by videos of police brutality

Psychologists say all of us can experience vicarious trauma when we bear witness to police brutality by watching what happened to Tyre Nichols and countless others like him. Then, we’ll hear about a new women’s shelter that opened last week on the site of the former San Diego downtown library. It is being run by the National Alliance on Mental illness for San Diego and Imperial Counties. Next, San Diego is changing course dramatically on how it handles the ticketing and towing of vehicles...


San Diego County received whistleblower complaints on public defender office in 2020

Whistleblowers alerted San Diego County about alleged poor treatment of employees in its public defender office in late 2020. That was two years before a jury awarded $2.6 million dollars to an ex-employee earlier this month in his wrongful termination suit. Then, for our weekend preview, we have a Oaxacan festival, piano music, palm trees, and some Scandinavian art.


Service providers, volunteers take part in countywide homeless count

Hundreds of volunteers across the county coordinated this morning to accomplish one single task: record an accurate count of the region’s homeless population. Then, the woman at the center of a national conservative media firestorm, stemming from a shower she took at the Santee YMCA, addresses the Santee city council. Plus, the small California community of Half Moon Bay is still reeling from a mass shooting earlier this week. Later, a kitchen in Barrio Logan introduces students to potential...


San Diego to end COVID state of emergency

After nearly three years, San Diego’s COVID state of emergency is coming to an end. Then, in the wake of this week's mass shootings, there's more focus on gun violence restraining orders or red flag laws, which allow authorities to temporarily take away firearms and ammunition from people who have been reported by a family member or co-worker. Plus, students at San Diego City College now have the opportunity to earn a 4-year degree for the first time in the school’s history. The California...


Looking at mass shootings through a public health lens

After multiple mass shootings in California, some researchers want to reframe the issue of gun violence as a public health issue. Then, on the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service removed four plants and a bird unique to San Clemente Island from protected status. And, the long and storied history of Aztec football is the subject of a new book featuring a treasure trove of images capturing the highs and lows over a century.


Mental health advice after another mass shooting

The shooting in Monterey Park over the Lunar New Year weekend is serving yet another reminder of how random acts of mass violence can be. We talk about the impact mass violence has on mental health. The presence of a transgender woman in the women's locker room at the Santee YMCA has sparked national conservative media attention, and that of right wing extremists. Then, San Diego Gas and Electric customers are opening surprisingly high utility bills this month. We hear how some San Diegans...


Migrants apply for entry through new app

veiled a mobile app to allow asylum seekers to schedule appointments for entry. Then, for our weekend arts preview, we have some "blue sky" artwork, a poetry reading, harp music and a few options to celebrate the Lunar New Year.


Advocates decry CBP plan to build 30-ft wall at Friendship Park

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released their plan this week for Friendship Park, taking community input into account, and revising a plan that caused a public outcry. But park advocates are not satisfied, and said it furthers the border wall plan set forth by former president Donald Trump. And, Imagine: You are at the grocery store, ready to check out. You put your card in the reader. It is declined. And you have no other way to pay. That is what is happening to thousands of San Diego...


San Diego's economic outlook 'sunnier' than the rest of the country

The University of San Diego held its 39th Annual Economic Roundtable to take stock of where the national and local economies may be headed in 2023. Next, the U.S. military is struggling to meet recruitment goals. With fewer young people enlisting, now the Navy is allowing older people to join. Then, new research from the UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy suggests that salary transparency can lead companies to close their gender wage gaps, but not for the reason you might think. And,...


San Diego battery industry gets federal boost

A pair of San Diego-based companies were recently awarded federal grants for their efforts to improve electric vehicle batteries. Next, we talk to LA Times reporter Sammy Roth about Imperial County farmland being used to generate solar power. Then, some of the most popular New Year's resolutions are ones about getting in shape. KPBS Health Reporter Matt Hoffman takes a look at how some are getting it done and talks with fitness instructors about how goals can help people stick to their...


San Diegans honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The 35th Annual All Peoples Celebration on Monday was centered around Dr. King’s words, “Let’s build bridges, not walls.” We hear from keynote speaker, bestselling author and columnist, Steve Phillips. Then, court transcripts show San Diego County Public Defender Randy Mize admitted under oath last month that he signed off on an investigative report knowing it contained false statements.KPBS Investigative Reporter Amita Sharma joins us to talk about her reporting. And, this Wednesday some...


Heavy rainfall brings slight relief to California’s drought situation

While the recent rain wreaked havoc across the state, there is one small silver lining - California’s drought conditions are improving (slightly). Then, almost daily, weapons, equipment and other supplies depart the U.S. to support the Ukrainian military and civilian authorities. And finally, in our weekend preview, we have an Edgar Allan Poe musical for kids, a special visual art and classical music collaboration, a blues musical and clothes made out of sauce packets.


Gloria focuses on housing, homelessness in 2023 State of City Address

We speak with San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria about the commitments he outlined in his 2023 State of The City Address. Then, this year’s flu season has so far been a doozy. By the time November was over, it might have felt like everyone you know had the flu. But is it as bad as we think? And, the Colorado River, a central source of water for much of the Western United States, is drying up. We hear about a new podcast from The Los Angeles Times documenting the history of the river and how so many...


Q&A with Rep. Sara Jacobs about the new Congress

After a long series of votes and political wrangling to select the new House Speaker, the new Congress got underway this week. San Diego Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, who represents California’s 51st Congressional district, also became the youngest member in the democratic leadership in this new Republican-led House. Then, Bob McElroy, CEO of the Alpha Project, has worked with homeless residents for more than three decades. Of what he’s seeing as the number of people living unsheltered in...


California child care programs leave many families behind

Governor Newsom’s proposed budget plan for 2023 into 2024 includes cuts to programs to close a projected $22.5 billion deficit. Among those cuts are 20,000 new child care slots intended for California’s neediest families. New reporting from The San Diego Union-Tribune looks at how California’s child care subsidies have fallen short, leaving many unable to afford child care at all. Then, the need for housing is impacting small businesses in a once popular hub for dining and entertainment in...


Another series of storms is on the way

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are calling it a “relentless parade of cyclones” as more severe weather threatens Northern and Central California. An atmospheric river with high winds will dump another 1.5 inches of rain over the next two days in San Diego. Then, border officials anticipate that the PedWest pedestrian crossing reopening will help ease congestion at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Business leaders, on the other hand, are hoping the increased foot traffic will...